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Gays of Future Past

Frank Bua | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

For anyone under 30, it may be difficult to imagine a time when the gay-rights movement wasn't operating at a milestone-a-minute pace. Fortunately a wave of artistic and media projects has emerged to remind us of heroes past, to refocus us on the type of activism that helped elevate the LGBT movement and to inspire us to make that final push.

Hollywood's Take On HIV/AIDS (VIDEO / AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

As the world gears up for HBO's The Normal Heart, I present a recent episode of SnowbizNow in which standout films in 30 years of AIDS in cinema are honored.

Why 'Dallas Buyers Club' Represents A 'Problematic Re-Writing' Of LGBT History

Posted 02.06.2014 | Gay Voices

"The Dallas Buyers Club" might be garnering Oscar buzz in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, but not everyone is pleased with what they perce...

The Power of 'Shared Responsibility' in the Fight Against AIDS

Rebecca Haag | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Everyone has a role to play in ending this epidemic. So how can you take responsibility for helping us get to an AIDS-free generation? Get an HIV test. Encourage a friend to get tested. Talk to your kids about safe sex. Reach out to a friend who's infected and tell them you care.

To Those Who Stood Against AIDS Apathy: Thank You

David Furnish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Furnish

The government regulatory bodies were insisting on such a slow testing process that they were effectively condemning to death anybody who was diagnosed with HIV. As far as the authorities were concerned, the message was, "Go die quietly." They clearly hadn't met Larry Kramer.

Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that antiretrovirals not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions.

ACT UP Members Reunite, Without the Anger -- At Least for Now

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Kathleen Kiley

Spencer Cox's death triggered an awareness that remaining unconnected (and silent) was no longer effective in dealing with the trauma and sorrow of the AIDS crisis. So former members will converge on a Greenwich Village club to reconnect -- and perhaps settle on a strategy.

Madonna Is GLAAD for Anderson Cooper -- and for a Dirty Martini Too

Liz Smith | Posted 05.19.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

Anderson Cooper deserved his award, whether he thinks so or not. But Peter Staley was the real hero at the GLAAD Awards. I hope he got through to at least a few in the festive crowd.

AIDS: The First Five Years

Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts

Recently, artists have begun to examine the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York with a new lens. The Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Surv...

5 Must-See Indie Films This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

Oscar season may finally be behind us, but there is still the afterglow of worthy nominees playing in theaters and available for viewing at home, on DVD and On Demand.

DVDs: Masterful The Master, How to Survive a Plague and Hidden TV Gem Garrow's Law

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

One of the best films of the year, it's almost a shame to see The Master in your home rather than in gorgeous 70mm in a movie theater.

Best Documentary Goes To ...

Posted 02.24.2013 | Entertainment

The 85th Annual Academy Awards took place Sunday in Los Angeles, with "Searching for Sugar Man" taking the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Mal...

AIDS Activism Has Always Meant Caring Across Generations

Jim Eigo | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

How bitterly ironic it would be if the first generation of HIV-positive seniors, a generation that, through unprecedented community effort, has managed to survive the plague, should in their last years fall victim to a system that is utterly unprepared to care for them.

AIDS Awareness At The Oscars

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

It's awards season. Remember when you couldn't turn on an awards show and not see people wearing red ribbons? Well, David France's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague has brought AIDS back to the awards shows.

Capturing History

AP | BY CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 04.17.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The Oscar-nominated features "5 Broken Cameras" and "How to Survive a Plague" represent documentaries in the truest, purest form o...

Why Beasts of the Southern Wild Doesn't Deserve Its Oscar Nominations

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cheap, amateurish and sometimes just plain hard to watch, Beasts enjoyed a wave of overwrought critical hosannas, going all the way back to when the film first was shown more than a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival.

What Film Will Win Best Doc?

Mike Hogan | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Hogan

We're closing in on the big night -- it's less than two weeks away -- and with a dip in the calendar, it finally feels like the right time to investigate the Best Documentary category. Being a dilettante, I have failed to see even one of the nominated films thus far -- too busy watching gems like "Identity Thief," I suppose -- but this is a two-man operation, and I know you've been quite excited about this category for some time.

"Do You Miss Me?" Asks Ed Koch as Friends and Foes Weigh His Legacy

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

I took this photo of a New York City subway stabbing, part of a wave of transit crimes that included Renee Katz, a flutist and student at the New York...

Mike Hogan

Did AIDS Pave The Way For Gay Rights?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Hogan | Posted 01.31.2013 | Entertainment

The Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague" is the movie David France was born to make. He was the first journalist to write about ACT U...

Dharma Salon: How to Survive a Plague

Catherine Ingram | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts
Catherine Ingram

New York was Ground Zero in the 1980s for the activist AIDS movement known as ACT UP, and David France's wrenching documentary, How to Survive a Plague, captures that time as never before with footage he has gathered going 30 years back.

The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'The Devil' To His Face

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

After seeing Benedict's latest attacks a few weeks ago, calling gay marriage a "threat to the future of humanity," I thought of my upcoming 25th anniversary of calling him out and how it changed my life. Was it wrong to do? Immature? Unproductive? I don't think so.

Sundance Filmmaker Talks Activism Through Movies

Erica Schlaikjer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Erica Schlaikjer

This post is part of Benevolent Media's ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read "The Bene...

The Year's Best Documentaries

AP | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The AIDS chronicle "How to Survive a Plague" and the military rape study "The Invisible War" are among nominees for the documentar...

Is $33,000 Too Much for a Life-Saving Drug?

Toshio Meronek | Posted 02.25.2013 | San Francisco
Toshio Meronek

People who have HIV/AIDS are able to live longer than ever before, but only if they can get their hands on the drugs. AIDS is still very much a crisis. ACT UP SF is calling for free meds for low-income people, more affordable meds for everyone, and more transparency.

Legendary AIDS Activist Dies At 44

AP | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- AIDS activist Spencer Cox, who helped form an organization to boost treatment research and recently appeared in a documentary about an AID...